2021 Award Category Guide

We have put together these examples of different category sets that you may find inspiring for your business to enter.

They are themed category lists to help you find the best fit.

Sustainability Categories

Extending on social good and sustainability categories is our commitment to award conscious business.

Circular Pioneer Award

You have Ethics Award

Work Sweet Work Award

Going Green Award

B-Good Award


Growth Categories

These selection of categories you could consider as part of your growing stage.

Hammer Award

Out of the Garage Award

Unexpected Twist Award

I Wish I'd Done That Award

Big Noise Award

Indi Award

Baton Award

Creative Genius Award

Underground Award

Exit Planet Award

Inside Out Award

Defiant Ones Award


Creative Categories

A small selection of potent awards from idea to masses.

Big Noise Award

Creative Genius Award

Inception Award


Emerging Stars Categories

For those behind the scene, just starting up and under 30.

Do You Know Who I Am Award

Underground Award

Prodigy Award


Excellence Categories

If you are thinking which are the top categories that award success, here they are.

Defiant Ones Award

The Hall of Fame Award

Inside Out Award

Hammer Award

I Wish I'd Done That Award


Ecosystem Categories

Great companies create great ecosystems, leave no one behind.

Super Connector Award

Do You Know Who I Am Award

Indi Award

Baton Award

Work Sweet Work Award


Milestone Categories

Do you feel you’ve reached a moment you should be rewarded for?

Hammer Award

Out of the Garage Award

Super Connector Award

Baton Award

Inception Award

Inside Out Award

Defiant Ones Award

Exit Planet Award

Circular Pioneer Award

Unexpected Twist Award


Culture Categories

Do you think your company culture is worth showing off?

Work Sweet Work

You have Ethics Award

Unexpected Twist Award

B-Good Award

Inside Out Award


Company Categories

There are a variety of company awards that can suit almost any initiative and stage of your growth.

Hammer Award

Out of the Garage Award

Unexpected Twist Award

I Wish I'd Done That Award

Big Noise Award

B-Good Award

Indi Award

Underground Award

Exit Planet Award

Circular Pioneer Award

You have Ethics Award

Work Sweet Work Award

Going Green Award

Defiant Ones Award


Individual Categories

We think that our individual categories can really help in personal development.

The Hall of Fame Award

Super Connector Award

Prodigy Award

Do You Know Who I Am Award

Baton Award

Creative Genius Award

Inception Award

Inside Out Award ?


All of our award category names have funky names that you probably didn’t find in other place. But essentially Pause Awards, in plain language, honours business achievements through various stages of growth. Here are our 10 new categories for this year that we think are super important, unforgivingly essential.

Creative Genius Award (new)

For smart execution

This award recognises a person that created and implemented smart and sustainable creative or business strategies in the market.

Underground Award (new)

For early stage mavericks

This award recognises an early stage startup that has done well in its first two years. Incubator and Accelerator startups are mostly welcome to apply as well as anyone else that is just starting up.

Exit Planet Award ?(new)

For the best exit

This award celebrates the company's final frontier, the exit or IPO and the new beginning. These milestones are worth more than just a gong.

Inception Award ?(new)

For visionary thinkers

This award recognises a person that came up with the transformative idea that can change the world for better. No implementation required, this is just an idea challenge!

Inside Out Award (new)

For unlocking hidden potential

This award recognises a person that unlocks innovation potential inside the company to deliver new value and change the world. Awarding: Individual. Who can apply: Anyone.

Circular Pioneer Award (new)

For making a difference?

This award category recognises a company that is pioneering their circular efforts that demonstrate tangible projects by keeping materials in use for longer.

You have Ethics Award (new)

For the right values in life ?and business?

This award category recognises a company that is promoting accountability, good governance, leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and solving societal problems.

Work Sweet Work Award (new)

For a great workplace culture?

This award recognises a company that has managed to improve or attain outstanding levels of employee engagement, retention and satisfaction.

Going Green Award (new)

For delivering impact and scale? (new)

This award recognises a company that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale through sustainable efforts in clean energy, climate change, healthy environment, social and economic justice etc.

Defiant Ones Award (new)

For new tech breakthroughs?

This award recognises a company that defines the future of the industry they play in. Awarding tech breakthroughs that had a big impact on customers in a way of how they use it and how it improves their life.

Where most other international awards shows have a plethora of sub-categories, we try to keep it simple at Pause Awards.

Instead of ‘Best of…’ our categories are for specific business achievements.

Hammer Award

For nailing it

This award recognises a company's success on their own terms in the market. Simply hammering away your success and leaving everyone behind light years.

Out of the Garage Award

For scaling globally

This award recognises a company's global growth, expansion, and success. You can apply if you have taken a product globally or opened an office in another country.

Super Connector Award

For being the community champ

This award recognises a person for a significant contribution to the success of their clients or the community, by connecting the dots.

Prodigy Award

For being exceptional

This award recognises a young person (under 30) with exceptional qualities or abilities. Think of it as a young achiever.

Unexpected Twist Award

For a great pivot

This award recognises a person or company that has taken an unexpected pivot in their business or career. If you have a great COVID twist, let us know.

I Wish I'd Done That Award ?

For sheer brilliance

This award recognises a company's simple and clever idea in a niche market, that you wish you’ve done it. This brilliance and elegance in execution doesn’t come that often.

Do You Know Who I Am Award

For the silent achiever

This award recognises a person that has been responsible for the success of their company from the backstage, but is not a highlight until now.

Big Noise Award ?

For media cut through

This award recognises a company that has delivered clever marketing tactics. For a good marketing campaign, exciting content or innovative go to market promotions that brought you success.

B-Good Award

For a good business?

This award recognises a company that has done well for the community and the world through their commercial practice. “It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be” said Paul Arden once.

Indi Award

For new and First Peoples??

This award recognises a successful company with its founders from indigenous or ethnic heritage that has gained success in the market.

Baton Award

For the life-long mentor

This award recognises an experienced and trusted advisor or a mentor who elevated, provide guidance, motivation and emotional support to your career.

The Hall of Fame

For future builders

This award recognises a game-changer who paved the way by breaking new grounds and inventing new categories.

 

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